Dolphins face must-win situation on the road

Feb. 8, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For the Jacksonville men's basketball team to make the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament, they have to get hot in a hurry.

The Dolphins (1-21, 1-14 A-Sun) face a must-win situation in their chase for the final spot in the A-Sun Tournament as they hit the road for two games in the Music City against Belmont and Lipscomb, who are tied for second in the A-Sun.

"Belmont and Lipscomb are two good teams that are very well coached," said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "We did some good things against both teams the first time and hopefully we can build upon that when we play them this time."

Jacksonville opens the trip against Belmont on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Dolphins led by eight at the half before Belmont hit six 3-pointers in the second half to rally for a 91-78 win on JU's home floor.

A huge key to the Bruins comeback was a hot-shooting second half. Belmont scored 53 points in the second stanza, hitting 17-of-25 from the floor and 6-of-12 from 3-point land.

The Bruins enter the game a half-game behind ETSU for first place in the A-Sun.

"Belmont has a lot of good outside shooters and we must recognize where they are at on the floor at all times," Warren said.

The Dolphins then wrap up their road schedule at Lipscomb on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bisons are tied with their crosstown rival for second in the A-Sun, and have two teams hot on their trail as well.

"Lipscomb is playing really well right now," Warren said. "They are one of the top teams in the conference and its shows in their record."

JU at Belmont

When: Thursday, Feb. 9 (8 p.m.)

Where: Curb Events Center

Records: JU (1-21, 1-14 A-Sun), Belmont (12-9, 10-4 A-Sun)

Series: Belmont leads 5-3

Radio: Live on ESPN 1460. Pregame show airs at 7:45 p.m.

TV: None

Web: Live audio on at 7:45 p.m.

JU Noteables: The Dolphins 19-game losing streak is the longest in school history. In the first 22 games of the season, the Dolphins have fallen behind by seven or more in the first 10 minutes in 18. Antonio Cool scored 22 points against Kennesaw State, his fifth 20-point effort this season. Cool has scored in double figures in 17 straight games. Evan Jefferson continues to impress off the bench, scoring 15 points against KSU. He has scored in double figures in three straight games. Aubrey Conerly dished out 10 assists against Kennesaw State, the third time this season he has dished out 10 or more assists in a game.